Displaced people, who fled from the violence in the province of Ninevah, arrive at Sulaimaniyah province August 7, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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The British air force will drop food aid to Iraqi refugees fleeing extremists in "the next couple of days," the defense secretary said Friday, although London has ruled out taking military action with the United States.The government's emergency committee, COBRA, met Friday morning and agreed to help U.S. humanitarian operations in northern Iraq and send the Royal Air Force to drop food for stranded civilians.The drops will be targeted at members of the minority Yazidi community who have fled from the extremists to the Sinjar mountains in northern Iraq.U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday authorized U.S. warplanes to drop food and water to refugees and also agreed to targeted airstrikes, which began Friday.
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